Two new releases were in focus at the event hosted by the Committee of National Remembrance at the Éghajlat Café in Budapest on November 16th, 2015. Titled Súlypontáthelyezés a diplomáciában (A Shift in the Balance Point of Diplomacy), and Keletről Nyugatra; A kommunista mozgalom titkos pénzei (From East to West: The Communist Movement’s Secret Funding), these volumes were introduced by Professor András Balogh and Deputy State Secretary for International and EU Bilateral Relations Gergely Prőhle. Among the contributors to the volume related to the history of diplomacy was historian János Sáringer, Senior Research Fellow at the VERITAS Research Institute for History.
A Shift in the Balance Point of Diplomacy is the Committee of National Remembrance’s Foreign Policy Group’s first volume dealing with the history of diplomacy and the changes that occurred in the structure of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the 1945-1950 period. János Sáringer’s work looks at the organizational history of the Ministry during that period. Miklós Ivánfi writes about the history of the endeavors of the Ministry’s Peace Preparatory Department. In her work Anita M. Madarász writes about the history of Hungarian-Anglo relations from 1941 to 1946, as seen through the endeavors of three diplomats: György Barcza, Albert Szent-Györgyi and Alvary Frederick Gascoigne. Gábor Andreides writes about the history of Hungarian-Italian diplomatic relations in the 1945-1949 period. Kristóf Erdős, the author of the volume’s last work, takes a look at the role the Government Committee for Repatriation played, via its endeavors to bring home the deported, the refugees and the POW’s. Viktor Attila Soós, a member of the Committee of National Remembrance, edited the volume.
From East to West: The Communist Movement’s Secret Funding was written by Stefano Bottoni and Gábor Szilágyi, and edited by Réka Kiss-Földváry, the Chairperson of the Committee of National Remembrance, and Viktor Attila Soós.